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Squires Lake Park Loop

Easy/Intermediate
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2.1 mile 3.3 kilometer loop
90% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 334' 102 m
Descent: -333' -102 m
High: 567' 173 m
Low: 280' 85 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Eric Ashley

Just over two miles of easy running through unique sandstone, wetland, and forest settings.

Eric Ashley

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Overview

A great little run on smooth trails without a big elevation commitment. All the while, you'll be surrounded by a changing landscape and beautiful forests. Plenty of small benches and viewpoints make it easy contemplate the scene or keep going for a quick loop. The loop could easily be done in reverse to switch things up.

Runner Notes

There are a few patches of roots here and there, but overall nothing challenging.

Description

This easy, short run leaves from a small parking area above Old Highway 99. Look for the Squires Lake Trail on the north end to begin following the smooth well-benched singletrack up along a wooded side-hill. The grade quickly plateaus and the briefly widens below a sandstone cliff screened by tall deciduous trees. A final series of switchbacks leads to the Squires Lake Loop Trail at an intersection near a small and mostly hidden waterfall.

Head left to follow the easy doubletrack around the lake. There are various viewpoints and benches encircling the water so you can do a bit of relaxing and exploring at leisure. Halfway around the east side of the water, the trail narrows back to singletrack while the doubletrack continues along a spur to end at private property to the north.

Keep left along the water to soon arrive at a pair of bridges and a sign detailing the history of the land. Around the corner, the trail is intersected by tight roots that provide minimal bother as long as you watch your step. The now-shaded trail rises on a small ridge with the lake on one side and marsh land on the other.

At the intersection with the Beaver Pond Loop Trail, head left up a gentle grade. This trail is one part wide gravel track and one part delightful narrow singletrack. Both aspects pass by pleasant forest scenes ranging from wetlands to root-covered sandstone. You won't see much of the trails namesake pond until you head down the Beaver Pond Viewpoint Spur. Retrace your steps back to the Beaver Pond Loop Trail to follow down and across a lush gully. The setting here is very beautiful and tranquil, so it's worth lingering.

The path soon reconnects to the Squires Lake Loop Trail where a turn to the left follows the gravel track up the hill. On the left you'll pass the southern end of the South Ridge Trail which can be followed if you're looking for a little more challenge and some more mileage. As mapped, continue along the doubletrack to where it circles around to the top of the Squires Lake Trail. Once you're ready it's a short run back down the parking area.

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The next generation of trees rises out of the old growth remains next to this lovely stream.
Nov 12, 2018 near Sudden…, WA
Looking south down Squires Lake.
Nov 12, 2018 near Sudden…, WA
There's moss and ferns aplenty at Squires Lake Park.
Nov 12, 2018 near Sudden…, WA
The wide and rock boulder strewn section of the Squires Lake Trail.
Nov 11, 2018 near Sudden…, WA
A dab of color on a fall afternoon.
Nov 11, 2018 near Sudden…, WA
Beaver Pond is less visible than its larger neighbor, but the trees and vegetation in it's dark waters are more interesting.
Nov 12, 2018 near Sudden…, WA

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